Programme 2021


Support by the Arts Council, Fingal County Council and Poetry Ireland is gratefully acknowledged.
The Fingal Poetry Prize is sponsored by DHL.
An Fiach Dubh – Irish Poetry Competition is sponsored by Country Crest.

Booking for the 2021 festival is open on Eventbrite.

The 2021 Fingal Poetry Festival Brochure is available to view and print here.
ÓCÁIDÍ le GAEILGE: Anseo.

Raven illustrations by Matthew Kelly.

Our 2021 programme

Click on the ℹ behind the event titles for more information. See also: Our 2021 venues

Thursday 2 September

Illumination of Floraville

Live event: Floraville Thurs 2 Sep 2021, 8.30 pm. Free

To celebrate the light that poetry brings into our lives, join us in the park for the lighting up of Floraville and live poetry. More details

Thursday 16 September

Festival Launch

Live event: Skerries Mills Courtyard Thurs 16 Sep 2021, 8.30 pm Free but ticketed

New film poems by Kate Miller & Thomas Brezing. Live reading by Ivy Bannister.
– Music by Liz Seaver. Light refreshments. Sign language interpretation. Details

Friday 17 September

Fingal Poetry Slam

Live event: Skerries Mills Courtyard Fri 17 Sep 2021, 7 pm Tickets: €6

Fun night to crown the Festival’s Slam Champion with guests John Cummins & Sheila Ryder. – Music by EMR. Details & Tickets

Saturday 18 September

Magic at Baldongan Castle

Online video. Premiering Sat 18 Sep 2021, 10.30 am. Free

Poetry and music Poetry and music with Tony Curtis, Enda Coyle-Greene and Bill Haneman. Details

Raven illustrations and brochure design: Matthew Kelly.

Our Online Poetry Workshops

Zoom Poetry Workshop
with Nessa O’Mahony

Online. Sat 18 Sep 2021, 11 am – 1 pm. Fee: €25

So Much Depends Upon a Red Wheelbarrow – Exploring Poetic Imagery.
Suitable for all writers, regardless of their experience. Details & Booking

Zúm: Ceardlann Filíochta
le Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin

Online. Sat 18 Sep 2021, 11 am – 1 pm. Fee: €25

Bí i mbun pinn, ag léamh agus ag plé filíochta, i dteannta leis an bhfile Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin – méid na rannpháirtithe teoranta, oiriúnach do gach leibhéal. Details & Booking

Zoom Songwriting Workshop
with Liz Seaver

Online. Sat 18 Sep 2021, 11 am – 1 pm. Fee: €25

From Poetry to Song – For beginners and budding songwriters alike. Details & Booking

Raven illustrations and brochure design: Matthew Kelly.

Family Poetry Fest including
Festival in a Van: Poetry Downtown
with Katherine Duffy and Colm Breathnach

Live event: Floraville. Sat 18 Sep 2021, 2 pm – 4 pm. Free

Lots of creative fun for all in and around Floraville, including: Poetry Treasure Hunt, Stone Painting, Music, Readings and much more. Getting the party started with Festival in a Van featuring Katherine Duffy and Colm Breathnach at Floraville. – Music: Seana Davey Details

Poetry Reading by Rita Ann Higgins

Live event: Skerries Mills Courtyard Sat 18 Sep 2021, 3.30 pm. Tickets: €10

Poetry Reading followed by Rita in conversation with journalist and author Susan McKay.
– Music: Keith Burke Details & Tickets

Fingal Poetry Prize and
An Fiach Dubh Winners Unveiled
with Adam Wyeth and Aifric Mac Aodha

Live event: Skerries Mills Courtyard. Sat 18 Sep 2021, 5 pm. Free but ticketed

With readings by our judges Adam Wyeth and Aifric Mac Aodha.
Sponsored by DHL and Country Crest Details & Tickets

Joni Mitchell’s Music
with Shadows and Light

Live event: Skerries Mills Courtyard. Sat 18 Sep 2021, 8.30 pm. Tickets: €15

A band that really knows how to interpret Joni’s poetry. A night not to miss! Details & Tickets

Sunday 19 September

Dial P for Poet
with Eva O’Connor

Live events – in your garden!!
Sun 19 Sep 2021, every hour (nearly) on the hour from 10 am to 6 pm. €20 per performance

Actor and writer Eva O’Connor will make a big entrance and perform a new piece just for you and your family/ friends exclusively in your garden Details & Tickets

Ardgillan Poetry Walk
with Enda Coyle-Greene and Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin

Live event: Ardgillan Castle: Meet at Coffee Dock, Upper Car Park. Sun 19 Sep 2021,
10 am. Free but ticketed

A poetry walk through the grounds of Ardgillan Castle, with Enda Coyle-Greene and Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin. Maybe bring a poem you’d like to share! Details & Tickets

Poetry Picnic
with Ardgillan Creative Writers’ Group

Live event: Skerries Mills Courtyard. Sun 19 Sep 2021, 12 noon. Tickets: €10

Members of the Ardgillan Creative Writers’ Group will be showcasing some of their work. With music by Bill Haneman. Bring a picnic! Sign Language Interpretation available. Details & Tickets

Festival in a Van – Dorn Filíochta
with Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin and Celia de Fréine

Live event: Ardgillan Castle: Upper Car Park, Sun 19 Sep 2021, 2 pm. Free event

Another of our Festival in A Van outings: a bi-lingual event (Irish and English) featuring readings by Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin and Celia de Fréine with music by Seana Davey, Colin Gunning and Aoife McDermott. Details

Trolland: A children’s workshop
with Cliodhna Noonan

Live event: Skerries Mills Meadow or Courtyard, depending on weather. Sun 19 Sep 2021,
3 pm. €5 per child, €12 for a family, adults free

A workshop for ages 4-8 with Cliodhna Noonan, Skerries Mills Meadow or Courtyard. Meet the Trolls, design a troll landscape in a safe pod space, and make your own troll!
No unaccompanied children – adults free Details & Tickets

Festival in a Van at the Martello Tower:
Readings by Máighréad Medbh and John O’Donnell

Live event, Red Island: Martello Tower. Sun 19 Sep 2021, 4.30 pm. Free

Our final Festival In a Van outing! Join us at the Martello Tower, Red Island for readings by John O’Donnell and Máighréad Medbh in a very special place. Music by Sarah May Rogers.
Note change of venue! NOT at the Sea Pole but at the Martello Tower. Details

New Chapters: Online readings
by Eamon McGuinness and Lorna Shaughnessy

Online poetry video. Premiering Sun 19 Sep 2021, 5 pm. Free

A video with readings by Eamon McGuinness and Lorna Shaughnessy, highlighting their new books, forthcoming from SALMON Poetry. Details

Final Verses – readings
with Enda Wyley and Peter Sirr

Live event, Skerries Mills Courtyard. Sun 19 Sep 2021, 6 pm. Tickets: €10

The Closing Reading of the 2021 Fingal Poetry Festival with Enda Wyley and Peter Sirr. Music by Nigel Mooney. Details & Tickets

Design: Matthew Kelly
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